Important information for planning a school visit to Stratford Butterfly Farm whilst COVID-19 guidance in place.

This section contains all you need to know for planning your next school trip to Stratford Butterfly Farm including risk assessment and terms and conditions.
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Stratford Butterfly Farm understands it can seem rather daunting planning a school visit under the current conditions. This section will hopefully make the decision easier for you to make as to whether you think the butterfly farm is a suitable venue to bring your class.

Provisional bookings are now being taken for Autumn Term with dates available from 13 September onwards.

Our policy is under constant review and will be adapted and implimented as and when required.

Best procedure, policy and measures have been put in place to make Stratford Butterfly Farm a COVID-19 Secure Environment. This ensures that staff and visiting schools are protected and safe as well as being able to enjoy time spent at the Butterfly Farm on an educational school trip.

  • To enable schools to visit safely, schools visits will be staggered with the visiting public.
  •  A one way system has been put in place throughout the butterfly farm including entrance and exit.
  • Visiting schools are responsible for any social distancing requirements.
  • Hand sanitiser is at key points throughout the butterfly farm in both public and staff areas.
  • Visiting schools are requested that if any persons in their school group are feeling unwell, they do not attend the trip. The Butterfly Farm will only invoice for those that attend on the day.
  • If any member of the visiting school group has any of the three symptoms of corona virus leading up to or on the day of the visit, the school must inform Stratford Butterfly Farm immediately. The visit will be rebooked to a future date within the school academic year.
  • Any member of staff displaying any COVID-19 symptoms must inform their line manager immediatley, self-isolate and book a PCR test and follow the instuctions of NHS Test and Trace. They must also inform their line manager if they have had any close contact with any of their co-workers as they may need to self-isolate.
  • Any member of staff displaying any COVID-19 symptoms at work will be sent home immediately to self isolate, request a PCR test and follow NHS advice.
  • Stratford Butterfly Farm will report more than 1 positive test of COVID-19 amongst staff to the local health protection team of Public Health England and follow their advice.
  • Stratford Butterfly Farm staff all have access to lateral flow testing in the workpalce. Any member of staff testing positive will not be allowed to come to work and must self isolate and book a PCR test. If that result is negative they may return to work.
  • Any person displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed entrance to the Butterfly Farm along with all members of their group.
  • All staff are to increase handwashing, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and touch points, throughout the gift shop and all areas of the butterfly farm including staff areas and toilets, on a regular and frequent basis.
  • School lockers to be disinfected after each use.
  • It is advisable but not regulation that teachers and accompanying adults wear face coverings on entry to the butterfly farm, including children aged 11 years and over.
  • Butterfly Farm staff will wear face coverings in any public area and choose to wear one in staff areas unless they are exempt.
  • Guides will wear a face covering or visor whilst conducting tours and maintain a 2 metre social distance from their group.
  • All children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times in all areas of the butterfly farm, with a teacher student ratio of 1:10
  • To confirm a booking a deposit of 25% will be required. This will be non-refundable but may be used to transfer a booking within the school academic year if the school are unable to attend on their chosen day.
  • School visits last for one hour. Schools must arrive promptly so that their tour can start on time. Allow for toilet time and jumpers to be put into lockers.If your school is late we cannot guarantee an hour for your visit.
  • Schools must wait outside the gift shop entrance at the podium so that the Q Marshal can checkin teachers and accompanying adults.
  • All visiting schools must sanitise their hands on entry to the butterfly farm.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are provided throughout the farm for both staff and schools to use
  • On entry schools must follow the instructions of butterfly farm staff and place their belongings in the allocated lockers only.
  • The content of both the ‘Life-cycle of a Butterfly’ tour and ‘Discover the Maya’ tour will remain the same. The only change being is that handling sessions are currently unavailable.
  • Whilst COVID-19 guidance is in place schools may not re-enter the farm once their allocated time of one hour is up.
  • Schools will not be allowed to eat snacks or lunches at the Butterfly Farm. However the outside gardens, picnic tables and gazebo may be used. This is on a first come first come first served basis and cannot be booked.
  • We recommend that children bring a water bottle to be kept on their person during their visit.
  • Children will be able to browse or make purchases in the gift shop on the condtion that they sanitise their hands before browsing and that they are supervised by their teachers.
  • Schools must depart promptly and orderly by following the exit path around the outside of the garden.
  • Schools are responsible for administering first aid to any member of their school party.
Terms & Conditions for a school visit to Stratford Butterfly Farm